All too often, working in EFBWW sectors is still hazardous and arduous, with workers exposed to dangerous substances and strenuous situations. Materials and equipment are often not ergonomic and too heavy, working conditions are frequently physically onerous and psychosocial risks are a growing concern. All this results in a comparably high incidence of occupational diseases and accidents and means many workers are unable to work up to the normal retirement age. The EFBWW is intent on continuously improving working conditions and defends existing early retirement schemes for those unable to work until the statutory retirement age.
Our main priorities involve tackling hazardous substances and improving workplace ergonomics (including equipment). We endeavour to champion advanced work organisation and combat psychosocial risks at work. We are also continuing to lobby for an improved European legal framework on occupational health and safety (OHS) and cooperate with European social partners on OHS-related issues.